Seilala Sua
Seilala Sua

Player Profile

Cooper City, FL

High School:
Aquinas HS


1999 - The nation's No. 1 rated all-around thrower and one of the top discus throwers in the world ... Enters 2000 ranked No. 6 in the world in the discus and in the U. S. rankings, she's No. 6 in the shot put and No. 1 in the discus ... In T&FN voting for the top U. S. Athlete in 1999, Sua finished ninth ... At the World Outdoors, Sua placed sixth (209-1) in the discus ... It was the first time an American woman had advanced to the World's discus final, it was the highest placement by a U. S. woman ever in international discus competition and Sua was the youngest (21) athlete in the final ... At the USA Outdoor, Sua defended her discus title (203-8) ... She is the first woman in U. S. history to twice win the discus at the USA and NCAA Outdoor meets ... At the NCAA Outdoor, Sua was named the Most Outstanding Women's Athlete of the meet, winning the discus (210-10, meet record) for the third consecutive season and also placing first in the shot put (57-9) ... She became the fourth woman in NCAA Outdoor history to win both the shot put and discus in the same meet and first woman in history to win the discus crown three consecutive seasons ... In the Pac-10, Sua became only the second thrower (Oregon's Paula Berry, 1991) in women's conference history to be named the Pac-10 Track and Field Athlete of the Year ... At the conference meet, Sua became the first woman in history to win three field events - shot put (57-11, personal-best, No. 4 in school history, No. 6 in the U. S.), discus (199-9) and javelin (161-2, personal-best, No. 9 in school history), while also placing fourth (187-3) in the hammer ... Indoors, she earned All-America honors twice at the NCAA, placing third (54-2) in the shot put and weight throw (67-4) and at the USA meet, she was fifth (56-3G) in the shot ... Personal-bests of 212-10 (No. 2 in school history, No. 1 in the U. S.) in the discus and 192-4 (No. 2 in school history, No. 23 in the U. S.) in the hammer ... Honda Award nominee for collegiate track and field.

1998 - The nation's No. 1 discus thrower and rated No. 7 in the shot put ... Sua won the discus competition at both the USA Outdoor and for the second time at the NCAA Outdoor ... She became the first woman to win the USA/NCAA discus double since Leslie Deniz, Arizona State, 1983 ... At the USA meet, she won the event with a 204-2 and was seventh (53-0) in the shot put ... At the NCAA Outdoor, Sua won the discus (210-8, meet and stadium record) for the second-consecutive season (became the fourth athlete in women's NCAA history to win back-to-back discus crowns, first since Donyell Mitchell, LSU, 1993-94) ... Also earned All-America honors in the shot put for the fourth time (56-2H) and was 25th (172-8) in the hammer ... At the Pac-10, Sua won the shot put (56-10), was second in the discus (204-10) and was third in the hammer (175-5) ... At the NCAA Indoor, she earned All-American in the shot put (seventh, 54-4I) ... At the USA Indoor she was fifth in the shot put (53-5H) ... Had season-bests of 57-9 (then-No. 4 in UCLA history, No. 7 on U. S. list), 57-2I and 55-5i in the shot put, a personal-best 212-2 (then-No. 2 in UCLA history, No. 3 in the U. S.) in discus, with a 208-2 (No. 5 on all-time collegiate list) ... Also had season-bests of 153-6 (javelin) and 189-5 (hammer, then-No. 2 in UCLA history, No. 24 on U. S. list).

1997 - Established herself in her true freshman season as one of the nation's top throwers ... Entered 1998 in the U. S. rankings at No. 5 in the shot put and No. 2 in the discus (behind senior teammate Suzy Powell) ... In upper level competition, Sua won the shot put (53-9G) and discus (198-7, meet record) at the U. S. Junior meet and at the Pan American meet in Havana, she was again a double gold winner (shot put, 53-3I; discus, 189-11, meet record) ... At the NCAA Outdoor, she won the discus (200-6) and placed third (55-8G, outdoor season-best and No. 4 on the World Junior outdoor chart) in the shot put ... At the NCAA Indoor, she set the American Junior Indoor record in the shot put with an indoor personal-best 57-3H (third place and No. 3 in school history) ... Also set the American Junior mark in the discus, 208-2 (then-No. 3 all-time on the U. S. collegiate list and No. 2 on the World Junior list) on May 21, breaking her old mark of 205-5 she set on May 10, which snapped her effort of 199-2 on March 29 ... At the Pac-10 meet, she was second (54-8) in the shot put and discus (193-11).

High School - The nation's top rated female prep thrower as a junior and senior at St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Ft. Lauderdale, FL ... As a senior, she finished second to Bruin teammate Kim Mortensen (149-140) in the Track & Field News' voting for Female Prep Athlete of the Year ... The nation's No. 1 high school thrower in the shot put (50-6, No. 11 all-time prep effort) and discus (186-3, No. 2 all-time U. S. high school mark behind Bruin teammate Suzy Powell's 188-4 and No. 2 all-time U. S. junior mark behind Powell's 190-6) in 1996 and '95 ... Competed at the '96 U. S. Olympic Trials in the discus and placed eighth (181-5), after producing a then-personal best 186-3 in qualifying ... She was unbeaten in the shot put in 1996 and produced eight of that year's 10 longest throws, including a 50-6 to win Arcadia ... In the summer of '96 at the World Junior meet in Sydney, Australia, she placed eighth in the shot put (49-4G) and second (184-9, same distance as the winning mark and highest finish ever by an American in the discus at the World Junior meet) ... 1996 U. S. Junior shot put (49-11) and discus (178-6) champ ... Won the '96 Florida State shot put (49-5G) and discus (185-9) crowns ... In 1995, her prep personal bests were 48-8I (No. 2 in U. S.) and 176-8 (No. 1 in U.S.) and placed second at the U.S. Junior meet in the shot put and discus (Powell placed first) ... 1994 high school personal bests were 43-9H and 145-1 ... Junior Olympic record in the shot put (47-11I) ... Exceptional all-around high school athlete, letterwinner in track and field, volleyball, softball and basketball.

Personal - Sociology major ... Name pronounced Say-la-la Sue-ah ... Born Feb. 25, 1978.

Sua's Best Marks

SP   57-11
DT   212-10
JT   161-2
HT   192-4

Two-Time U. S. National Champ 1999-discus, 1998-discus

Four-Time NCAA Champ 1999-discus/shot put, 1998-discus, 1997-discus

Six-time All-American 1999-indoor, shot put/20lb. weight throw 1998-outdoor, shot put; indoor, shot put 1997-outdoor, shot put; indoor, shot put

Four-time Pac-10 Champ 1999- shot put, discus, javelin 1998-discus